Hey guys, I don’t update you often and I am sorry for that. I’m not very good at this whole blog thing and there also isn’t usually a whole lot going on with me that I feel like anyone would be interested in hearing about, but maybe I shouldn’t make those assumptions.
Anyway, there has been more to update about recently so I wanted to talk a moment about that.
You may have noticed from some of my posts on Facebook in the last few weeks that I got the change to preach on a Sunday morning, I am so thankful for the opportunities God has given me through Karis church to preach his word and I am so excited to continue preaching the Gospel. There truly isn’t anything on this planet I enjoy more than preaching and teaching the word and I hope to do it until the day I day.
This first time preaching at Karis is particularly special to me though and while I explain why I would also like to point out the title of my blog. You may have noticed it and wondered what that’s all about but it’s kind of intentionally ambiguous because it has a ton of personal meaning to myself. It’s in reference to the Apostle Paul’s missionary journey and also to the verse in Acts 27:24, saying “Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.” Paul was called by God to stand before Caesar and preach the Gospel and because of that, his life was marked by that pursuit. The reference “To Rome in Chains” is in regard to how unsuspecting Paul must have been to the manner in which he would fulfill his mission. At first, when people set out to do something, everything just seems so clean, we see the end goal and we set out to accomplish it, but very seldom does life work that way. There are many things that hinder us on our path to our goals and sometimes we get to where we wanted to be in unforeseen ways. I imagine Paul never imagined that we would make it to Rome as a prisoner, he made it to Rome but it was in chains.
This Bible truth is especially meaningful to me because when I was 17 years old I felt called to preach the Gospel. 11 long years ago with many failures and hang-ups on the way but as of 7/1/18, by the grace of God, through means I would have never anticipated, I accomplished my mission in a small way. I made it “to Rome in chains”, but I made it to “Rome” and that is all that matters. I got to preach the Gospel to a bunch of people I love dearly and I truly do not deserve that Grace. Although I am undeserving, it is my prayer that I can continue doing this for as long as I am called by God to do it.
Thank you, everyone, who has supported me (In every form) in my calling to preach the Gospel, I love you all and you mean the world to me.
Here is a link if you want to hear the sermon: